Winter Holiday Books to Read Together
December 15, 2022
The holidays are upon us and if you haven’t already, now is the time to record those favorite holiday books for your family to read together this season. Whether you’re away from home or just away from extended family, the best gift to give is a United Through Reading storytime recording. Here are some of our favorite books to read this year for every winter holiday.
Llama Llama Jingle Bells by Anna Dewdney
I Love You Through and Through at Christmas, Too! / ¡En Navidad también te quiero! by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak
A joyful and loving holiday bilingual board book from the creators of the bestselling I Love You Through and Through! We love our little ones through and through and especially at Christmas, too!
Join our bestselling toddler and bear as we huggle and snuggle and wiggle and giggle during this loving holiday. Share some love with your little one with I Love You Through and Through at Christmas, Too!
In English and Spanish!
Te quiero, yo te quiero… ¡y en Navidad también te quiero!
Únete a este pequeñín y a su osito de peluche mientras comparte momentos de ternura con sus hijos. Un libro sobre el amor, en inglés y español, para leer mientras se acurrucan, se abrazan y se ríen juntos durante todo el año… ¡y en Navidad también!
Happy Hanukkah, Pout-Pout Fish by Dan Hanna
Celebrate Hanukkah with Mr. Fish and his friends―it’s eight nights of fun! From a delicious meal to lighting the menorah, Hanukkah is a time of joy. Toddlers will love swimming along with the pout-pout fish as he turns little pouts into big smiles in this original board book.
The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore
The classic 1949 Little Golden Book The Night Before Christmas is now available for Santa’s littlest elves! With its shiny, colorful pages, this large-sized Little Golden Book is great for reading aloud as a family on a winter’s night, and makes a perfect gift for under the tree!
Freedom Soup by Tami Charles
The shake-shake of maracas vibrates down to my toes. Ti Gran’s feet tap-tap to the rhythm. Every year, Haitians all over the world ring in the new year by eating a special soup, a tradition dating back to the Haitian Revolution. This year, Ti Gran is teaching Belle how to make the soup – Freedom Soup – just like she was taught when she was a little girl. Together, they dance and clap as they prepare the holiday feast, and Ti Gran tells Belle about the history of the soup, the history of Belle’s family, and the history of Haiti, where Belle’s family is from.
In this celebration of cultural traditions passed from one generation to the next, Belle’s story and the story of the Haitian Revolution are brought to life. Tami Charles’ lyrical text, as accessible as it is sensory, makes for a tale that everyone will enjoy to the last drop.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
In October 1843, Charles Dickens ― heavily in debt and obligated to his publisher ― began work on a book to help supplement his family’s meager income. That volume, A Christmas Carol, has long since become one of the most beloved stories in the English language. As much a part of the holiday season as holly, mistletoe, and evergreen wreaths, this perennial favorite continues to delight new readers and rekindle thoughts of charity and goodwill.
With its characters exhibiting many qualities ― as well as failures ― often ascribed to Dickens himself, the imaginative and entertaining tale relates Ebenezer Scrooge’s eerie encounters with a series of spectral visitors. Journeying with them through Christmases past, present, and future, he is ultimately transformed from an arrogant, obstinate, and insensitive miser to a generous, warmhearted, and caring human being. Written by one of England’s greatest and most popular novelists, A Christmas Carol has come to epitomize the true meaning of Christmas.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever follows the outrageous shenanigans of the Herdman siblings, or “the worst kids in the history of the world.” The siblings take over the annual Christmas pageant in a hilarious yet heartwarming tale involving the Three Wise Men, a ham, scared shepherds, and six rowdy kids.